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Four Dolphins in the Pro Bowl

The NFL announced its Pro Bowl players for the 2013 season and four Dolphins are on the teams that will play next month.

Defensive end Cameron Wake, cornerback Brent Grimes, center Mike Pouncey and punter Brandon Fields were named to play in the game on January 26. The game, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, will be played at 7 p.m. eastern and aired on NBC.

“I want to congratulate Brandon, Brent, Mike, and Cam on being named to the NFL Pro Bowl team,”  Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “It is a well-deserved honor. I know they will be outstanding representatives of their teammates and the rest of the Dolphins organization in Hawaii.”

Fields, in his seventh NFL season, will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014. Fields is ranked second in the NFL in punt average (48.8 per punt), second in net average (42.8), third with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line and has also recorded the third longest punt (74 yards at Buffalo on December 22, 2013) in the league during the 2013 season. Fields is one of only two Dolphins punters to be selected to the Pro Bowl, joining Reggie Roby (1984, 1989).

“It’s a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl,” Fields said. “I am very excited on my first selection and to be able to celebrate it with three of my teammates. I want to thank coach Philbin and also (special teams coordinator) coach (Darren) Rizzi and (assistant special teams) coach (Marwan) Maalouf for all the work that they have put in and guidance the last few years to help me get to where I am at today.”

Grimes, in his seventh NFL season and first with the Dolphins, will be making his second trip to the Pro Bowl. He previously was selected to the 2011 NFC Pro Bowl squad as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. In 2013, Grimes has started all 15 games at cornerback and has recorded 55 tackles, leads the Dolphins with 15 passes defensed, and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with four, including one which he returned 94 yards for a touchdown. Grimes is the just the third Dolphins cornerback selected to the Pro Bowl, joining Sam Madison (1999-2002) and Patrick Surtain (2002-04).

“This selection means a lot especially coming off last year, to come back and make the Pro Bowl is a big deal,” Grimes said. “I would like to thank all the fans, the whole Dolphins organization for believing in me and giving me a chance. Of course I would also like to thank all of the defensive coaches, especially (defensive coordinator) coach (Kevin) Coyle, (defensive backs) coach Lou (Anarumo), (assistant defensive backs) coach Blue (Adams) and (defensive assistant) coach (Jeff) Burris for not only believing in me to get me here but believing in me throughout the year and helping me to become a better player.”

Pouncey, in his third NFL season, will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014. Pouncey has started at center in 13 games for the Dolphins in 2013. He is the first Dolphins center selected to the Pro Bowl since Tim Ruddy in 2000 and is only the fourth Dolphins center selected to the Pro Bowl, joining Hall of Famers Jim Langer (1973-78) and Dwight Stephenson (1983-87) and Ruddy (2000).           

“It’s truly a great honor to be named to the Pro Bowl, this recognition obviously would not have been possible without the all the other guys on the offensive line around me,” said Pouncey. “I would also like to thank the fans, the Miami Dolphins organization, Coach Philbin, the offensive coaching staff and especially Coach (Jim) Turner who have helped me reach this honor.”

Wake, in his fifth NFL season, will be making his third trip to the Pro Bowl and second as a defensive end (he made the Pro Bowl in 2011 after a 14-sack season as a linebacker). In 2013, Wake has registered 35 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hits, eight tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one safety through 15 games. On October 31, 2013, Wake recorded the first safety of his NFL career when he sacked Andy Dalton in the end zone with 6:42 remaining in overtime giving the Dolphins a 22-20 victory over the Bengals. It marked just the third time in NFL history that an overtime game had been decided on a safety.

Wake is one of only two Dolphins players to earn Pro Bowl recognition at different positions (linebacker in 2011 and defensive end in 2013 and '14), joining teammate Randy Starks who was selected as a defensive end in 2011 and as a defensive tackle in 2013.

 “This honor would not have been possible without my teammates, the coaching staff and the fans of the Miami Dolphins," Wake said. "I have to thank, coach Philbin, coach Coyle, (defensive line) coach (Kacy) Rogers, (assistant defensive line) coach (Charlie) Bullen and the rest of the defensive coaches. It’s an honor that I will share with all my teammates who deserve credit for this as well.”

The Dolphins and Patriots lead the AFC East teams with four Pro Bowl players. The Bills had three players on the team. The New York Jets did not have a Pro Bowl player this season.


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Ross/Ireland have no clue how to win. Pray for new ownership.

So tell me Sam if we win Sunday will you be a fan again, will you watch the playoffs?

Posted by: wallyfin | December 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM

I'll always be a fan Wally. But I fear to watch this team in the playoffs. I see nothing but total deer in the headlights now should this team get in.

Oh yeah, when the hell will Tannehill show some leadership fire when this team is playing poorly?

I will not peak in at the score. I will be watching my team win or lose. you get nothing in life by standing back and peaking in.

Maybe Sunday will be that day THill leads.....

Tannehill shows no fire. This team doesn't need a cool cucumber up its ass. It needs a hot prodding iron up its ass.

Least Marino had fire and would put his foot up underachieving am mates ass.

when the hell will Tannehill show some leadership fire when this team is playing poorly?

Posted by: Sam I Am | December 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM

He has done so several times this season. He has taken the team on his back and made stellar plays against playoff bound teams.

Is it our fault you choose to focus only where he erred?

team mates

Who are the leaders on this team?. All i seen in buffalo was a bunch of guys standing around looking lifeless and without emotion?. Nobody gets in anyones face or has a problem with losing. Breeds on down from the GM perch to the HC to the players

Marino was one of a kind, Brady and Manning have fire but not "like that man Dan Marino"

Dying Breed, if Bill Jesus Filth Arnsparger is better company than your wife, I suggest you start playing the field once again,

I did see Don Jones trying to get the team fired up in pregame last weekend. Don Jones?. So our big leader is a 7th round rookie who plays special teams. WOW.

Don Jones an Ireland Acorn!!!!

dolfan29 = troll

Dolfan 29:
Brandon Fields was drafted by Nick Satan, not Ireland.


Now your pushing it. An acorn?. Wasnt he the same Don Jones that made the gaff in the first bills game that resulted in repunting and a 40 yard penalty basically?. you must mean rotten acorn

Dolfan 29:
Brandon Fields was drafted by Nick Satan, not Ireland.

Posted by: stillhardcoredolphinsfan | December 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2013/12/four-dolphins-in-the-pro-bowl/comments/page/3/#comments#storylink=cpy

Never said Ireland drafted Fields. All it shows is another solid player that JI had nothing to do with

Relax joking...

I gotta go it was fun tonight...

Hopefully we play 4 more games after Sunday, GO FINS..........

dolfan29 = troll

Posted by: obvio | December 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2013/12/four-dolphins-in-the-pro-bowl/comments/page/3/#comments#storylink=cpy

Call me names if if helps you get through the day


I know you were. Great night of debating. Agreed. Lets go Miami.

It a sad state of affairs when the punter is the best player on the team.....

Where are those good ol' bloggers from years back? Must have been 8 to 10 of them debating all the time. Debating intelligently. Not all this stupid nonsense we see here.

This blog has turned into diaperville.

For his failure to pull trigger on deal for Brandon Albert:FIRELAND.
For his failure to have his team ready to play against Buffalo, an inferior team & our biggest game in years:Fire Casper Phailbin & Mike Squirman.
Time to start over again.

Oh yes, we are going to cherish the opinion of someone named Seer.


Strange choice of words. Does anyone who posts here want their opinions to be cherished?
Of course it does help the poster dodge the debacle in Buffalo, and the origin of the effed up LT situation and ALL its ramifications (e. g., Martin/Cogs,T-hill being subjected to multiple hurries, sacks & hits).

To me the reason it's important to get to the playoffs is that it sets a bar for Miami to repeat next year. All of a sudden you go from a loser team to a team who is always hanging around the playoffs. It's only a matter of time before the next step is going deeper into the playoffs. The good teams don't always make it to the SB, but they are always a threat each year, and that's what winning Sunday could begin for Miami.

Wow, I thought RB Daniel Thomas had a great shot : )

100 %

its been a pleasure to prove you wrong over and over again. Enjoy your evening.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Neither of you were proved right or wrong by the other. But you discourse was more than irritating to read.

Dolfan 29,

I agree that the pats are a heck of a team and I salute Belichick for that. However, what Brady has done with that team is miraculous.


You got it opposite. Belichick has more to do with the success than Brady. Year after year BB does more with less. Brady is one player, the most important I grant you, but he doesn't catch the ball, doesn't play defense, doesn't scout, doesn't game plan, doesn't make all the in game adjustments.

New England is the dynasty of the 2000s. Before that there was Pit (70s), SF (80s), Dal (90s). In every case, the QB was surrounded by talent and an awesome FO that made him look better than he was. Brady is no exception.

After much debate and plenty of commentary, I have come to the realization, as many of you have as well, albeit you won't admit it to yourselves, we know Ireland will remain the Fins GM irrespective of that happens Sunday. Now, before everyone comes down on me, take a moment and think about. I get a good boatload of draft picks have been poor and unwise. I understand any GM can miss on highly rated players and look like geniuses when a fifth rounder blossums. I get it and you get it. So think about the Ireland situation. If Philbins way is borrowed from the Green Bay way, then the only way rookies see the field veteran injury or scrub time and perhaps some situation plays. So, this appears to be the case here only the fins had more holes to fill. I think Philbin makes the case to Ross to keep him for at least another year. Starting over with a new GM now will just push everything over the edge yet again.

I think Ireland has done a fairly good job at what is basically educated guess work. You might get to draft a no 1 qb and already have a team to work with or you might have to rebuild a team from scratch with all of the signings and leavings and peices that don't fit. Despite 2008's aberration, the Phins have been a broken team for most of this decade. This team needed a total rebuild. And it is getting done. Piece by painful piece.

What happened to thjis blog? Are Ireland's family posting here all of a sudden?

The most pro bowlers in the AFC East.... just proves to the extent how so many of the pretend fans/trolls are wrong-headed and too stubborn to get over themselves. Accept the facts...Ireland has found pro bowl talent for this team and done very well. These buffoons have played too much Madden and think good GM's grow on trees.

I'm beginning to believe Ireland has done a extraordinary job in spite of some coordinators on the team.

Kudos to Ireland and the organization.

Posted by: Dfins006 | December 27, 2013 at 09:29 PM

Little thought went into that statement. What about the rest of the roster ?

Problems on this team began and finish with its so called leader, Joe Philbin.

It's the QB STUPID Eh?

The Truth,

The problems with this team begin with Ireland and those players get managed into a system that may not be conducive to their abilities. Philbin is in charge of the systems used and players coached.

the most deserving guy on that list is fields, then grimes. wake missed time so he is not even top 10 in sacks. pouncey missed time and anchors a terrible line. maybe half the fan votes thought he was the steelers pouncey?? but their line sucks too...lol

promichelle how many more times are you going to make the same post? we get it. even though you don't see a single practice or know the playbook, you believe you know better how to use them than the coaches on the field that interact with them directly every single day. got it.

it is truly comical how so many of you think you know better than those that dedicate their life to it. i mean what do you really know beyond what a few sports writers that Never Played The Game tell you? The pundits on tv are paid to talk and entertain. it doesn't mean they know the team and playbook any better than you do.

too many of you are too easily brainwashed by the media and you don't even realize it.

I think we need to use a 7 OL formation against the Jets tomorrow. We take 7 OL to the games, we should use all 7 on some plays. With 7 OL we create a mismatch against the Jet's D, if they counter with more DL that means fewer DB's to prevent the passing game from working.

Plus with 7 OL we should be able to run the ball. I think Sherman needs to seriously consider using the Jumbo or Elephant package against the Jets. Even if its only for a few plays per possession, it might make the difference in a close game.

Also I think we need to use one gap responsibility for the defensive front. Ellerbe has already shown that he cannot handle a classic two gap MLB responsibility. So have him split the two A gaps with whoever plays on the nose and have Ellerbe play a yard closer to the line than he has been.

He is too indecisive when he has to pick between two gaps, he is not instinctive there. I think that's one of the reasons he makes all his tackles 9 yards down field.

As for Wheeler I hope we see Jenkins taking most of Wheeler's snaps on Sunday.


How many dumb posts am I going to read of yours. I just do not respond as they are clueless. How do you know what I know and where I go.....Are you stalking me moron?

Ask Oscar,just because you go to school for ten years does NOT mean you are smart Eh?

Ireland has made some good moves and bad ones as well what really hurt was the oline and linebackers and no big play running back, but we do have talent for sure just no enough, he adds talent and then gets rid of talented players so it is kind of a wash. The biggest bust however besides offensive line is Wheeler he is terrible they should just sit him don and go with Jordan.

100%, A smart fan, I agree with you 100%.

The Truth, most experts are very positive about Philbin and his leadership, you on the other hand who knows nothing are not.


How many dumb posts am I going to read of yours. I just do not respond as they are clueless.

Posted by: promichael | December 28, 2013 at 09:09 AM

right on cue, you confirm your idiocy for all to see :) You respond by saying you don't respond.

i mean really, how dumb is that?

No Koa Misi in the Pro Bowl?

How the heck did John Abraham and Brandon Albert make the Pro Bowl? Most of the picks were well deserved, but an IR'd LT and a way past his prime DE make it?

The pro bowl is nothing but the NFL's version of the Hollywood red carpet. A place to be seen, not perform.

I say keep the award but ditch the senseless game itself.

No Ireland family posting here. Just thinking the whole thing through. If the fins make the playoffs or not JI still stays unless he quits which is unlikely. Yes I am still scracthing my head over the Jordon pick, but just the same he is healthly now and should be playing more. As far as the DBs, its a wait and see. JI only signed Grimes and Patterson to one year contracts. Hopefully we keep Grimes. The others including Wilson, Carroll arent exactly pro bowl material. So both rookies spend a year learning. Time will tell. The Wheeler signing at this point seems to be a bust. This goes more to missed tackles and being out of position. Thats coaching. O line...diaster. No arguement their. Next go around is where JI should focus in the upcoming draft and FA period. For the Jets game...please Mr. Sherman swallow your pride and use the players you have to their strengths not to your idea of their strengths. Roll out Tanne, put Wallace in motion and in the slot, make the Jets adjust not the other way around!

Seriously where does Jordan play? Are you gonna put Wake or Vernon on the bench??

In addition to the four Pro Bowlers, the Dolphins have some other good talent as well: Clay and Starks to name just two.

However, the overall talent on the team seems to be lacking in several areas. The OL has one quality starter out of five. The LB unit is almost as bad and is, apparently, the primary reason (along with coaching) the run defense is among the worst in the league.

The Dolphins lack elite skill position players too. If Ireland had been a better GM the Dolphins would have both Bryant and Marshall on the team at WR rather than Wallace and Hartline. I'm not saying that would be ideal, but the talent level would be much higher.

Outside of Clay, there is not another high quality TE on the roster. Simms may or may not be good. Egnew is a bust. Keller has had two straight seasons with very significant injuries. The Dolphins need another TE.

Tannehill has played very well at times and he has played quite poorly at other times - especially the fourth quarter. A lot of that probably is due to OL play and lack of WR talent. But what if too much of it is due to Tannehill's own development and/or coaching? It would be wise to have a good rookie to develop just in case.

The Dolphins could have won a few more games this year with better luck; they could also have lost a few more games with worse luck. The same as with most teams.

With all the cap space and draft picks, this should have been a better year. The Wallace signing and the Jordon pick (which actually costs two premium picks) may yet work out, but so far they appear to be setbacks at this point. This team cannot afford those kinds of missteps. There's a reason many fans think 'average' is going to be the ceiling for this team for a long time.

The longer the post, the more it is the same old repetitious stuff written here over and over and over and over and over again.

So Ireland is 35-43 without Bill Parcells. Is this acceptable to Steve Ross?

Dolfan Rick,

Cam and Jordan can play in the same sets. So can Vernon, Cam, and Jordan. Its situational. You dont necessarily have to scarify one for the other. You cant coach speed which a three have from the DE / LB position when one of them drops into coverage. Look at down and distance. Why not bring Jordan and Cam from the same side...inside out pass rush? Same with Wake and Oliver. Why not have Jordan drop into coverage? He certainly has the speed and wing span? He Jordan is being under utilized at this point in time.


Egnew is not a bust. He like Jordan has been under utilized. He wasnt drafted to be a blocking machine. He is a stretch seam TE. Sherman is looking for that 1970s TE who is more of a tackle who can catch 20 or so passes instead of one who can and catch and run. If he is released and goes to a team who values 6'5" TEs who can run a 4.6 and can catch, that team will use him. Sherman has yet to see potential and is mired in old thinking.

M Egnew = Another Irescum bust

D Thomas = 3 Irescum busts

J Martin = Another Irescum bust

Lamar Miller = Another Irescum bust

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